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The big Northeast Division showdown between the Sabres and red hot Senators is under way at 7 tonight in HSBC Arena. The News' Mike Harrington has you covered on the Sabres Edge blog. Mark Gaughan continues The News' coverage from the Super Bowl in Miami. Here is Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma on playing the role of underdog: It is national signing day and the…

Technicians from local Toyota dealerships went through training today and Tuesday to repair faulty gas pedals in some cars and trucks that have been recalled. Paul Stasiak, president of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, said Toyota dealerships throughout the region are gearing up to handle the recall repairs as soon as they get parts. "I think the d…

NIAGARA FALLS -- Get your skates sharpened. An outdoor ice rink in DeVeaux Woods State Park opened officially today. Workers from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have spent several weeks adding and freezing layers of water to create the primitive rink. The ice measures 100 feet by 75 feet, said Angela Berti, a parks spokeswoman. The City of …

BUFFALO -- Powerball is here. Under an agreement to sell Powerball in states that sell Mega Millions, both tickets are now on sale in Western New York. The first jackpot available for those who bought tickets in New York is tonight. The jackpot is $115 million. Nahom Ghirmatzion, manager of Sunoco Food Mart on Niagara Street, said interest in Powerball has been around for …

A busy morning in the courts, as a former Canisius College bookkeeper was sentenced and a former labor organizer pleaded guilty.Carl Paladino is considering a run for governor.And the Sabres are making a lineup change for tonight's big game against Ottawa (go to the Sabres Edge blog to get live updates and analysis during tonight's game). Jay Skurski is live blog…

BUFFALO -- Cold temperatures got you down? There's an upside. National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Hibbert said today that ice cover over Lake Erie has been consolidating over the past week. Expect that to mean tamer bouts of "lake effect snow." Hibbert described the ice as acting like a "lid on a pot." "It just caps everything off,&quo…

Good morning. A meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington on Tuesday wrapped up last night after more than nine  hours of discussions of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407. Reporters Jerry Zremski and Tom Precious were at the meeting and detail the board's findings in today's Buffalo News. The board found piloting caused …

News football writer Mark Gaughan is in Miami for Sunday's Super Bowl and spoke to New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator (and former Buffalo Bills head coach) Gregg Williams about the big game. Gaughan asked what Williams' defense needs to do to stop Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning - one of the NFL's all-time best at the position. Here'…

CHEEKTOWAGA -- William Wielinski wants people to understand the costs of flight safety.  Wielinski -- whose older brother, Doug, was killed in his Clarence home when Flight 3407 crashed last February -- believes that better paid pilots will attract those with more training.   "I would hope that out of this comes safety," Wielinski said during a b…

Sabres rookie standout Tyler Myers has been named Rookie of the Month for January.3:27 p.m.: In other Sabres news, Lindy Ruff says Patrick Kaleta will "miss some time."

CHEEKTOWAGA -- Terry Stelley, who lost his nephew on Flight 3407, is positive the tragedy is going to lead to change."There's real change in the air, there's no question about it," said Stelley, who lost his nephew, Coleman Mellet, on Feb. 12. "There's going to be changes. For me, that's a really big thing."Stelley is among about 40 …